Posted: June 10, 2022 | Last Update: 01. Mar 2023
Hello from Ubud, Bali. Today, we are visiting ALAS HARUM, a breathtaking agro-tourism site near Ubud. This place has it all: rice paddies, Instagram-able photo props, love nests, swings, cafés and a really interesting tasting tour for the world renowned 'Kopi Luwak' - yep, that's right, the 'monkey poop' coffee. We have tried it and will tell you all about it below.
BALI's most instagramable location? 'Alas Harum'
If you are looking for instagramable photo props, there are plenty in Bali.
However, I did find Alas Harum, self declared 'agrotourism', to be particularly pretty.
Nestled between rice paddies and coffee plantations, you can find the most amazing photo props: Bali swings, birds nests, sky bikes, glass floor terrace, statues and other selfie spots aplenty.
Alas Harum is just a 20 minutes drive north of Ubud village and offers a coffee shop where you can taste and purchase teas and Luwak coffee and even a restaurant, the Cretya Ubud.
In order to avoid possible large tourist groups, we arrived there early - just around 9am. That gave us plenty of time to experience all the sights by ourselves and our photographer was able to take some amazing pictures without any other people in the background.
Entrance fees to Alas Harum
There is no entrance fee to Alas Harum!
You can stroll around the rice paddies, selfie spots and café for free.
Only the activities require an extra fee - for instance the swings or the sky bikes.
KOPI LUWAK - Merkat poop coffee - the most expensive coffee in the world
If you are a coffee enthusiast, you've probably heard of kopi luwak, the world's most expensive coffee. But what makes kopi luwak so special? And is it worth trying?
This unique coffee is made from beans that have been digested and excreted by the Asian palm civet, a small, cat-like mammal found in Southeast Asia.
Some of you might find the idea fascinating, while others are surely already pulling faces. I can understand that at first, the idea of drinking coffee that has 'passed through the digestive system of an animal' may not sound very appealing - but you can take my word for it: it is not gross, it does not taste weird.
After all, kopi luwak is considered a delicacy by many coffee lovers and the process of its production is certainly unique, so we had to see for ourselves and get immersed in this fascinating cultural experience.
I have written a whole article on 'Kopi Luwak - the most expensive coffee in the world' - if you are a coffee lover, you should definitely give it a read.
We did the 'coffee tasting experience' in Alas Harum, because my significant other is a huge lover of coffee and we had heard so much about the far famed Luwak coffee. Also, on top of the Luwak coffee, you get to taste over a dozen different flavoured teas and coffees that are sold in the Alas Harum shop - so we couldn't let that opportunity pass.
The 'coffee and tea tasting experience' was a beautiful wrap up to our time in Alas Harum. After we had helped sieve and grind the dried and roast coffee beans, we sat down on the glass floor terrace with a stunning view over the rice paddies while we waited for our drinks to be served.
When they arrived, we got a tray of 14 different coffees and teas infused with flavours such as ginseng, ginger, pandan, coconut, cocoa etc. that you can see in the picture below.
The larger cup on the side was the Kopi Luwak - I can understand the price tag might seem a bit steep for most people, but it was a truly interesting experience, both from a cultural but also a taste perspective. Unlike most other coffees, kopi luwak is not bitter, nor acidic. I quite enjoyed its mild and round, silky aroma.
All of the coffee and tea flavours and, of course, the Kopi Luwak, are sold in the little shop inside Alas Harum. We did bring back a couple of them (including the Luwak coffee!) as presents for our loved ones and to enjoy ourselves - and whenever we do, we reminisce of our amazing stay at Alas Harum.
Impressions of Alas Harum
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